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   ANDROMEDA
Martin Hedin © Nico Wobben Martin Hedin
March 2003

http://www.andromeda.space2u.com/

The Swedish prog metal act Andromeda recently released their second album "II=I" and this is what their keyboardist Martin Hedin had to say:

First of all, congratulations on the new album! According to your website the recording of "II=I" lasted from November 2001 to August 2002. Are there any specific reasons why it took so long? What was the whole process like compared to the debut album?

The recording of "Extension Of The Wish" was very hectic, so naturally we wanted to spend a lot more time on "II=I". We had the opportunity to make the album jut the way we wanted, which probably is the dream of any band.

Johan Reinholdz handled the songwriting entirely on "Extension Of The Wish". Was it any different with the new album? If so, what kind of effect did it have on the final result?

Yes, "Extension Of The Wish" was pretty much Johans project, although we arranged our own instrument’s part. We all contributed to the writing on the new album, making it more of a group effort.

What are the lyrics about on the new album? Is there a certain theme on the album?

It’s not a concept album, though there are indications of that. The last three songs make a trilogy about schizophrenia, also sharing musical themes. And the piano solo in "Castaway" contains themes from the first four songs, but other than that the songs stand on their own. The other lyrics stretch from bitter hate ("Mirages") to simple thoughts about love ("Two Is One").

You produced the album yourself. How challenging or different is it to produce your own band's album and not to have an outsider's point of view?

It’s very different...and challenging! I spent about nine months working with it, the last four months full time. It’s actually my first project of this magnitude as a producer. To have an outsider’s point of view can often be a good thing, but this time it felt right to do just what we wanted to do - no compromises.

How would you describe Andromeda's music? What are all the elements Andromeda include?

Well..it’s always hard to describe your own music. Atmosphere, intensity, melody and complexity are some of the things that we like to include.

Are there some certain aspects (melodies, emotions, technicality etc.) that you aim to emphasize in your music?

I think the important thing is to find balance between these aspects.

Your new singer David Fremberg has been in the band for some time now. As I've understood you found him in Malmö Academy of Music. How has he and the new bass player Jakob Tanentsapf fit in and what have they contributed to the band so far?

Yes, David and I studied at the academy together. He has really brought us forward, soundwise and musically. He also keeps the bands spirit up, always ready to tell a joke!
Jakob is brand new, but has already nailed most of our songs, he’s very talented.

What kind of feedback have you got considering the new album?

We’ve got some great reviews, some better than I had ever hoped for! And also some who just didn’t understand it...which was more what I had expected. You need to listen to "II=I" more than once to fully appreciate it, I think.

Where do you take your influences from and do you have some other than musical influences inspiring you?

We’re not deliberately choosing influences, but I guess it sometimes shows what we’ve been listening to. I listen a lot to bands like Genesis, Queen, Pink Floyd, UK and Gentle Giant. The good old seventies...but I also enjoy for intance Tori Amos, Marillion, Björk and Spock’s Beard. None of these acts are metal, but I find it interesting to mix ideas like that with Johans and Thomas heavier edge. Some of my non musical influences are David Lynch’s and Lars von Triers movies, Arthur C. Clarke's books, and just living my life is inspiring!

Has everything been working well with your record label?

Yeah, we’re free to put anything we want on the album, no limitations, no compromises. That’s great.

Do you have some kind of plans for touring and which band(s) would be ideal for Andromeda to tour with?

As of now the touring plans are postponed until Thomas comes back from the tour with ACT.

I heard you played with Evergrey a year ago or so, at a time when they didn't have a keyboard player. What was that like? Johan takes part in NonExist, do any of you has other side projects? Are you in some kind of contact with other bands in general?

Yeah, I helped them out on some gigs. It was interesting to get a peek inside another band, see how they worked. An overall enjoyable experience!
As I mentioned, Thomas also plays drums in ACT. I have a few other projects going on, but let’s see what will happen with them… We also share our rehersalroom with ACT, so I guess you could say that we’re in ’some kind of contact’ with them, haha!

Sweden has produced several amazing prog metal bands recently. Is it in your genes or do you have any kind of explanation for that? What do you think of the Swedish metal scene in general?

I don’t have an explanation, but I think it’s great. There are a lot of promising bands in this country.

What kind of music are you listening to yourself nowadays?

I tend to spend more time writing music than listening...but when I do, I listen to Eric Serra, Peter Gabriel, Mike Oldfield, Alanis Morisette, Portishead...the list is long. And includes of course the ones I mentioned earlier.

Thank you for the interview! Any last comments?

Thank you! Enjoy the music...!


submitted by Aleksi 26.05.2003

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